Executive Director - Environmental Health & Safety
The Division of Auxiliary & Business Services at West Virginia University is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director of Environmental Health & Safety. This dynamic position is responsible for the development, implementation, administration, facilitation, and monitoring of environmental, health, safety, and preparedness policies and programs for the entire University, which includes the main campus in Morgantown, the Health Sciences Center, and all regional campus locations, including our farms and any other areas being operated by the University. This position works collaboratively with academic administrators, faculty and staff to support academic and research excellence while developing and sustaining a culture of safety in compliance with regulatory agencies. This position reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Facilities & Services.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
- Administer programs, policies and procedures that identify, evaluate, and eliminate environmental, health and safety hazards in a proactive manner while minimizing the potential for loss of people, capital, and facilities.
- Direct department resources to support a culture of safety, mitigate risks, and serve the critical safety interests of the University. In partnership with University administrators and their departments, develop a customer-focused service environment.
- Direct and support a high-impact and metric-based environmental health and safety program and ensures that it is communicated, embraced, and enforced.
- Develop and maintain active partnerships with academic and administrative departments across the University system to ensure that the Institution’s safety and regulatory compliance requirements are met.
- Ensure access to environmental health and safety resources, timely consultative assistance, management of hazardous substances, and facilitation of prevention efforts.
- Serve as the University's responsible official and primary interface with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.
- Identify, evaluate, and analyze risks inherent in the operation of the University. Monitor the university’s operations to provide early and accurate identification of rising levels of risk and, in conjunction with management, ensure that prompt action is taken where needed to minimize loss.
- Create a positive, productive, and engaged work environment, incorporating the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and diversity empowering employees to use their full range of talents and abilities.
- Provide leadership to all environmental health and safety staff.
The Division of Facilities and Services encompasses two units that are integral to the University’s success. Our units employ talented and skilled workers whose jobs range from maintaining, protecting and improving the University’s buildings and grounds. Facilities and Services takes care of every aspect of WVU so that its employees, students and guests are safe and satisfied on campus.
WVU provides competitive wages for its employees, and takes experience and related education into consideration when determining appropriate salary.
WVU offers a comprehensive benefits package, 12 paid holidays and generous paid time off, as well as many other discounts and services. Learn more about available benefits at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/benefits-and-compensation .
- Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Management, Business Management or an equivalent degree.
- Master’s degree in Environmental Management, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Management, Business Management or an equivalent degree is preferred.
- At least eight (8) years of experience managing an extensive environmental health and safety program impacting multiple units such as a campus-wide program.
- Experience in a leadership and management role overseeing diverse, technical personnel.
- Valid Driver’s License
- Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Safety & Health Manager (CSHM) preferred
- Working knowledge of applicable safety and environmental health laws and regulations as imposed by OSHA, EPA, NFPA and other agencies as required, and skill in performing inspections and ensuring compliance with same.
- Experience working in an academic setting or complex multisite operation.
- Ability to communicate in English including the ability to speak in public.
- Ability to present effective oral and written communication with both internal and external contacts and customers.
- Ability to research, write and prepare reports and program evaluations as necessary.
- Ability to develop, implement, enforce, and evaluate safety and environmental health programs and protocols.
- Ability to develop and manage the Environmental Health and Safety budget.
- Ability to develop and implement training programs, procedures and documentation of same to meet regulatory agency requirements for faculty, staff and students.
- Working knowledge of Life Safety codes and best practices.
- Ability to foster a cooperative work environmental and work proactively with faculty, students, staff, administrative officers and representatives of local community at large, as well as with representatives of governmental agencies as required.
- Strong organizational skills.
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu . View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu .
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
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